The Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 200 galleries filled with treasures spanning continents and cultures, drawn from ... More
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 200 galleries filled with treasures spanning continents and cultures, drawn from a collection of more than 400,000 works of art. The huge stone edifice of the museum, supported by majestic Doric columns, looks over the Schuylkill River. Scale the steps made famous in the "Rocky" movies. Dine at the Museum Restaurant or walk in Fairmount Park, just behind the museum.
Just for those of you who do not know...the art museum is free on Sunday. They just ask that you give a small donation. This is a great value for something to do, especially in the winter when it is freezing outside.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art ranks among the world's best. Their collection runs across time and spans the globe.
You'll find healthy collections of ancient, Renaissance, modern, folk...It's all there. Paintings, drawings, sculpture...Renior, Picasso, Brancusi, O'Keefe, etc...
You can even stand in Rocky's footprints at the top of the Art museum's famous steps, for a fantastic view of Philadelphia.
Go Sunday before noon and it's free!
Born in Philadelphia, I've had a love affair with the Philadelphia Art Museum since I was old enough to take the City Line trolley to Bridge St. & catch the Frankford El & "go downtown". What building is more majestic, what setting better or bolder than this temple sitting up on the banks of a beautiful river? Some memories: Van Gogh exhibit, late sixties -
as a teenager I was deeply affected by seeing Van Goghs up close, together in one place. I became kind of a passionate amateur, making a lifelong study of art & art history. Years & years later, the Man Ray exhibit: for some reason, I attended a luncheon held in the Museum's cafe & met May Ray's widow (or some relative)? The immediacy & modernity of the work was wonderful. Long live the Philadelphia Art Museum. Long may it's existence continue to influence & change people's lives so profoundly & so positively.
What more could you ask for? Whether your looking for a place to take your kids to or take yourself to, everyone should check out the Art Museum. It's almost completely different everytime I go which makes it even more interesting to go back to.
The property around the Art Museum is just as entertaining as the art inside. Stand at the top of the steps made famous by Rocky (and see his footprints inbedded in the concrete)and look out over the city. Check out the gazebo on the side of the building and check out the view of boat house row! Then take a walk down to the river and get a closer view.
Here's a special thing most people don't know about. The gates are not locked at night most of the time allowing you to drive your car to the top of the steps. Stop, grab a cheesesteak from your favorite place downtown, and drive your car right to the top of stairs and enjoy the view of the city. Guarenteed to make an impression on a date!
My sister and I always take my Mom to the yearly attraction that the museum holds about specific artists. You get a headset to learn more about each person and why they created the works of art that are on the wall. It is an in-depth study perfect for the person, like me, who knows very little about art and art history.
I loved going to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's so clean and quiet. I really enjoyed every exhibit and how much work everyone put into each part of the museum to make it an enjoyable place to see. I can't wait to go back.